Year long wait for treatment is ‘a bit of a joke’ for man with kidney stones

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 July 2016

Dave Quinton has been waiting to see a consultant since last June

Dave Quinton has been waiting to see a consultant since last June


A man who has waited a year for treatment says he may need to resort to private care as he “cannot wait forever”.

Dave Quinton, of Horndon Road, Collier Row, has had three consultant appointments cancelled in the space of a year.

Each postponement has been put down to a consultant “no longer being available”.

Despite not being in real physical pain, Mr Quinton says he is a “ticking time bomb”.

He said: “I know I have two large kidney stones inside me but do not know when they will strike.

“You can be fine one minute and then in incredible pain the next, needing an ambulance immediately.”

While he recognises he is one of many facing a waiting game for treatment, he says he has now “lost all confidence” in the system.

Mr Quinton said: “Don’t get me wrong, I expected to wait, but this situation is becoming testing and to keep carrying on like this is a bit of a joke.”

The 52-year-old knows all too well the dangers that kidney stones pose after suffering with them before.

The last time they struck, he passed out at the wheel of his car and crashed.

The trading standards consultant is now looking at private care as an option.

He said: “It’s now at the stage where I cannot be sure of the next appointment.

“I have lost confidence in the system.

“I cannot wait forever; I have to make other plans and have a contingency plan moving forward.”

Maureen Blunden, head of patient administration, said: “We’re really sorry to Mr Quinton that he has had to wait so long, it simply isn’t good enough.

“We are putting on extra clinics to reduce wait times for our patients, so will be contacting Mr Quinton to bring forward his appointment.”

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